Definition of cherish in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɛrɪʃ


[with object]
  • 1Protect and care for (someone) lovingly: he needed a woman he could cherish
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    • I couldn't ever deserve him, but Lord knows how much I cherish him and care about him.
    • I am, however, relieved to say that I do not instinctively want to protect and cherish her.
    • Through the years I have protected you like a brother, cherished you as a friend, and admired you like a suitor.
    adore, hold dear, love, care very much for, feel great affection for, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire, appreciate; think the world of, set great store by, hold in high esteem; care for, look after, tend, protect, preserve, shelter, keep safe, support, nurture, cosset, indulge
    informal put on a pedestal
  • 1.1Hold (something) dear: I cherish the letters she wrote
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    • We hold on to beliefs as if they were cherished possessions, like trinkets that have sentimental value but no practical use.
    • He was a big man who commanded much respect and his advice and wisdom was cherished by those close to the scene.
    • He was supportive of many local ventures and his wisdom and sound advice was cherished and respected by all who sought his views.
    treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear
  • 1.2Keep (a hope or ambition) in one’s mind: he had long cherished a secret fantasy about his future
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    • While he has given up any hope of her recovering, his wife cherishes the seemingly impossible dream of a miraculous return to health.
    • Apart from entertaining audiences, David cherishes the thought that he is actually practicing a very important community activity.
    harbour, have, possess, hold (on to), cling to, entertain, retain, maintain, keep in one's mind, foster, nurture, nurse


Middle English (in the sense 'treat with affection'): from Old French cheriss-, lengthened stem of cherir, from cher 'dear', from Latin carus.

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